What's that have to do with dressage? Well, it's also important to put your butt in your seat while riding, no? The phrase also makes me giggle, and giggling is always important when horses are involved.
Honestly, though. I've been using this sort of as a riding catchphrase recently. My last month's rides have really keyed me into one major riding issue that is keeping me from improving Guinness' collected gaits. That issue? A complete lack of depth in my seat, especially on the right.
Take the video I posted earlier this week. At both final halts, I lift my right seatbone and Guinness falls to the left in the halt. Oops. Our left lead canter departs from the walk suffer quite a bit, too. Without sinking deep on the right seatbone, I can't properly cue the canter and keep the right hind leg on the ground.
So for now, every ride is about sitting deep on the right seat bone. I'm even practicing in my chair at work, and in my car. Last night, things came together pretty well. It's pretty obvious when I get things right, and that's heartening.
So, get out there. Get your butt in the seat!